For many decades the Alameda community has come together to support local families during the holiday season. Today, nearly one in seven Alameda households receive help from the Alameda Food Bank. Last year, the community donated more than 1,200 turkeys, which were distributed, along with other holiday food items, to Alameda Food Bank clients. Once again this year, the Alameda Food Bank has set a goal to collect 1,200 turkeys by Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Every month, with wheelbarrow at the ready, I toddle over to a fine local independent pharmacy to pick up a large order of prescription medicines. 

After the toddle, I generally stop by the nearby Versailles Avenue digs of a legendary culinary icon, Mrs. Bagley. Mrs. Bagley wrote a food blog called “The Cooking Perfectionist.” 

Coincidentally, Mrs. Bagley has a name similar to that of another legendary local writer and culinarian, Mrs. Dagley. In the 1970s, Mrs. Dagley graced the old Island Journal newspaper pages with her cooking column: “A Visit With Mrs. Dagley.” 

Bowls of Love
The Island City’s organic grocery, Alameda Natural Grocery, will host a cooking demonstration Saturday, April 19, titled “Serving Up a Bowl of Love.” Alameda Chef Meela Shah will be in the store teaching shoppers how to prepare a protein-loaded vegetarian chili. 

Shah has spent the past 16 years teaching how to prepare Indian cuisine. She specializes in using fresh ingredients, exotic herbs and spices with a focus on those with healthful properties.

The demonstration is free to watch and takes place 1 to 3 p.m.

The concept that particular foods promote healthier hearts is not new. It is a fact that a well-balanced nutritional diet contributes to good health throughout a lifetime. For many people, the risk of diseases such as Type II diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease and coronary artery issues may be reduced by consuming healthy diets.